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Unit description

Develops the key scientific principles underpinning plant function. Students will gain knowledge of metabolism, physiology and structure of plants together with a better understanding of regulation of growth and development and influence of environment on these processes.

Unit content

 1: Plant water relations

 2: Plant macro and micro nutrients and their uptake and transport within the plant.

 3: Plant Metabolism: C3, C4 and CAM photosynthesis

 4: Plant hormones

 5: Plant response to abiotic stress

 6:  Plant identification using taxonomic keys based on vegetative and floral structures and plant community identification and classification using structural and floristic techniques.

 

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:
1understand the fundamental importance of water, light, hormones and nutrients in plant function and how these influence growth and development of the plant
2Critically assess how the basic structural, biochemical and physiological processes that plants rely on to survive in their external environments.
3demonstrate practical skills in identifying plants and plant communities, and describe the methodology and purpose of vegetation classification and mapping
4synthesise and evaluate information from a variety of sources to prepare a well-structured and clearly written reports.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. understand the fundamental importance of water, light, hormones and nutrients in plant function and how these influence growth and development of the plant
  2. Critically assess how the basic structural, biochemical and physiological processes that plants rely on to survive in their external environments.
  3. demonstrate practical skills in identifying plants and plant communities, and describe the methodology and purpose of vegetation classification and mapping
  4. synthesise and evaluate information from a variety of sources to prepare a well-structured and clearly written reports.

Prescribed texts

  • Prescribed text information is not currently available.
Prescribed texts may change in future teaching periods.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching method
Tutorial on-site 2 hours (6 weeks)
Structured online learning 2 hours (6 weeks)
Residential session 8 hrs (2 days)
Assessment
Exam: practical40%
Project report60%

Teaching method
Structured online learning 2 hours (6 weeks)
Tutorial online 2 hours (6 weeks)
Residential session 8 hrs (2 days)
Assessment
Exam: practical40%
Project report60%
Notice

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Fee information

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